Saturday, 23 January 2016

Colour Collective: Rose Quartz

Illustration for Colour Collective on Twitter, the colour was Rose Quartz. I'm going to use these weekly colour challenges as a way to experiment with new styles and techniques to build my portfolio. Also having mini deadlines is very useful when you have a full-time job to work around!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Voter Apathy

Very quick illustration created on Friday after feeling anger and disillusionment regarding the results of the general election here in the UK. It's good to try and channel those feelings into something creative - anger is great motivation!

Friday, 17 April 2015

Colour Collective #1 ...and exciting news

A little fish for the weekly Twitter art challenge #colourcollective. The theme was cobalt turquoise. Nice to get some proper use out of the Cintiq for once. I'm going to try to do more of these, as well as daily sketches on my commute to keep up the creativity outside of work.

Now for the exciting news: I've enrolled on the Children's Book Illustration summer school at Cambridge School of Art! It's a week long course with lectures from working illustrators, studio time and crits. I'm hoping to meet some like-minded creatives and learn about picture books in more detail in the process. Watch this space.

Saturday, 4 October 2014


This is a self-portrait. It deals with my anxiety as an artist, my fear of making marks that might be perceived, by myself or others, as unattractive or unpleasant. A constant fear that I am not good enough for my own high expectations. A fear of unoriginality or lack of imagination; this image is reminiscent of Matisse's cut-outs. As a result of these nagging issues, I remain in a protective, defensive state, preferring to bare more of my physical self than of my art, my psychological self.

I feel vulnerable, trying desperately to remain in my comfort zone, my personal womb. Yet the very act of trying is making me uncomfortable and I am increasingly aware of my need to break away from it, for fear of self-destruction. I have so much to express, but I am hesitant. Scared of failure.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Alien Activity

Here's a little maze puzzle I whipped up to go in my children's publishing portfolio. Again practicing how text and image can work together on the page. It also counters the extreme girliness of my last post.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Colouring Book

Here's another new piece of children's illustration. I've been trying to incorporate typography into my latest portfolio pieces to place my work in a commercial context. I'm planning on producing at least one spread from the inside of this book to go alongside it too.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013


Three little paintings I finished off today. Nice to get back in the habit of working with traditional materials, helps loosen everything up. Would anyone like to see these on greetings cards?